Web Design

Top Static & Dynamic Website Frameworks

January 24, 2023

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Choosing the right website framework is essential for a successful website. Here are the top frameworks, both static and dynamic.

The Most Popular Website Frameworks To Power Your Next Project

There is a lot to consider when choosing which website framework to go with. The first thing to decide is whether your company wants to launch a static or dynamic website. There are benefits to both and they have very different purposes.

A static website’s elements are fixed and the contents don’t change. Static websites provide faster loading times, are quicker to develop, and cheaper to host. They are effective when the site’s data doesn’t change very often and when the site doesn’t require many pages.

A dynamic website’s elements are not fixed. Instead, content is generated based on how the user interacts with the pages on the site. This results in a complex website that can accomplish more than a static website can. It is also easier and faster to accomplish content and design updates with a dynamic site, so, if you are planning on making changes to your site often; a dynamic site is the way to go.

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Top Static Website Frameworks

  1. Jekyll

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    If you are looking for a simple static site generator that can handle most sites, Jekyll is the framework for you. There are many benefits to working with Jekyll. It operates without a database connection which positively impacts the speed of its sites, has a direct connection with Github which makes the hosting process seamless, and is highly secure.

  2. Hexo

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    Building blog websites has never been easier! The Hexo framework is simple yet powerful. Powered by Node.js means that it has incredibly fast loading times too.

  3. Hugo

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    If you are in the market for a secure and fast content-driven website, Hugo is the framework to build it on. Hugo sites are quick to build and rebuild which makes them the perfect choice for a growing business. Hugo sites can also be hosted on any platform and don’t require a database.

  4. Gatsby

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    Gatsby integrates the powerful capabilities of Webpach, GraphQL and React into a single framework that can build just about any static website and application. Unlike other frameworks, its integration with React.js makes for better user experience above its competition. Gatsby also has over 2000 plugins to choose from which makes it easy to customize.

  5. 11ty

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    11ty is a super simple framework that renders plain HTML sites seamlessly. It’s main selling point is that it can mix template languages which gives the developer lots of freedom to create any website!

  6. Next.js

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    Next.js is one of the most popular static website frameworks with big name clients such as Ticketmaster, Audible, Nike and Hulu. It is THE React framework and has many features for easy development. Some of the most notable features include being fully extendable, having automatic code splitting for super fast page loading times, and API routes that allow you to build API endpoints without having to use server functionality.

  7. Nuxt.js

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    The frontend, Nuxt.js framework is built upon Vue.js and has many great features. The most notable of these being its ability to improve SEO by managing meta tags.

  8. Pelican

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    Pelican is a simple static site generator that is written in Python. It doesn’t require a database or server-side logic which makes for super fast load times and accessibility. For any developer looking for a framework that is powered by Python, look no further.

  9. Roots

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    For any developer working within Wordpress, the most popular open-source content management system, Roots is a great framework option. The Roots framework helps you build better WordPress sites with their different starter themes, boilerplates and servers.

  10. Nikola

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    Nikola, written in Python 3 (3.5+) is a static website framework that can be hosted anywhere, built and rebuilt quickly, inputted in many different formats, easily extensible and has a very user-friendly interface.

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Top Dynamic Website Frameworks

  1. Express

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    Express is a framework that was built to provide developers with the tools they need when working on web and mobile applications. It's designed for minimalists who don't want an overbearing framework, but still wants all of the powerful features necessary without any unnecessary bloat.

  2. Django

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    Django is a powerful framework that helps developers focus on building their apps. It takes care of much of the backend work, giving you more time to develop your front-end and design aspects. It’s free open source software so no need to rewrite all those pesky modules!

  3. Ruby on Rails

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    Ruby on Rails is the tool that will make web developers out of you. This framework includes everything needed to build fantastic applications, and it comes with a large community for support.

  4. React.js

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    React makes it easy to create interactive user interfaces. React provides a declarative, efficient and one-way data flow for UIs containing many views such as HTML or SVG components on the web page. This framework doesn’t make assumptions about your technology stack so you can always develop new features in React without having to change the existing code.

  5. Laravel

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    Laravel is a web application framework with an elegant, expressive syntax. We have already laid the foundation to let you create without worrying about all of the small things that can really slow down your process. Laravel Vapor is serverless platform for deploying Laravel applications on AWS and it’s powered by Amazon Web Services (AWS). Launch your infrastructure via this service and fall in love with scalable simplicity offered through serverless deployment!

  6. ASP.NET

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    .NET is a developer framework that can be used for many different types of applications, but it's not just limited to them. With tools and programming languages available on the .NET framework, you're able to create virtually anything your heart desires in terms of software development!.

  7. Spring

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    The Spring framework provides a comprehensive programming and configuration model for modern Java-based enterprise applications. This framework is built on top of existing technologies to leverage their strengths while avoiding their weaknesses. It addresses some key challenges facing developers today by providing solutions that are simple, elegant, flexible and easy to use without sacrificing performance or scalability in any way!

  8. Angular.js

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    AngularJS is a JavaScript-based open-source front end web framework for developing single page applications. By using AngularJS, you can add more words to the HTML language. This is a great feature since it makes your application simpler and easier for anyone. The environment becomes extraordinarily expressive because of this; which means that there are many ways you can make an app with only one line of code! It's maintained mainly by Google and the community of individuals and corporations that contribute to it, in order to create an environment where businesses can thrive with user-friendly interfaces on their website or webpage.

  9. Ember

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    Ember.js is the new web developer's tool of choice when it comes to building a modern, interactive website that can adapt and change as needed in any context. With its battle-tested framework for creating rich UIs on every device imaginable, Ember has earned itself solid reputation among developers looking for an easy way to build powerful applications without having all of their work go up in flames at some point along the line due to unforeseen circumstances or other issues with compatibility between devices.

  10. Node.js

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    Node.js is a powerful JavaScript runtime environment that can be used to create applications, plugins and more outside of the browser! Node.js provides an open-source platform for executing back end code in different contexts using your choice of programming language while being relatively lightweight due to its cross-platform support on Windows, Linux or Unix operating systems with V8 engine by Google Chrome's rendering library

At LaPraim we have the capabilities to work within any of these frameworks to take your company to the next level through web design. Learn more about what we can do for you here.

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